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Thankful Thursday


This week I’ve been particularly aware of God’s provisions for my family and I’m thankful for all of them, big and small. I’m thankful for time to catch up on some jobs I’ve been neglecting. I’m also thankful for the energy to keep up with things during a few very busy days. 

I’m thankful for the help of my youngest son, who scraped the flaking paint of the railings on the back deck this afternoon, trimmed my May day tree, and is right now finishing up the mowing. Tomorrow, if it doesn’t look like rain—but I’m not holding my breath—he’ll paint the deck railings.

I’m thankful for open windows and fresh late summer air.  I’m thankful for my comfy bed and the anticipation of restorative sleep.

I’m thankful that God reigns. 

Throughout this year I’m planning to post a few thoughts of thanksgiving each Thursday along with Kim at the Upward Call and others.


Theological Term of the Week

the Apostles’ Creed
An early creed of the Christian church that serves as a summary of the apostles teaching and emphasizes the true humanity of Christ.

  • Text of the Apostles’ Creed as it is recited today: 

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
       the Creator of heaven and earth,
       and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

    Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
       born of the Virgin Mary,
       suffered under Pontius Pilate,
       was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended into hell.

    The third day He arose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven
       and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
       whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and life everlasting.


  • From Exposition of The Apostles’ Creed by the Rev. James Dodds:
  • It is sometimes urged as an objection to this Creed that it is not a sufficiently comprehensive summary of Christian doctrine. Those who object to it on this ground should consider the purpose of creeds. They were not meant to cover the whole field of Christian faith, but to fortify believers against the teaching of heretics. The Apostles’ Creed was not intended, and does not profess, to state all the things that Christians ought to believe. There is no reference in it to Scripture, to Inspiration, to Prayer, or to the Sacraments. It sets forth in a few words, distinct and easily remembered, the existence and relations to men of the three Persons of the Godhead—those facts and truths on which all doctrine and duty rest, and from which they find development.

    It is especially objected that there is no reference in this Creed to the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. But, though not directly expressed, this doctrine is really and substantially contained in it. The Creed is the confession of those whose bond of union is common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. The articles which treat of Him and of His sufferings and work are intelligible only to those who believe in the reality and efficacy of the Atonement.


    In estimating the value of creeds in the early ages of the Christian Church, it is important to bear in mind that the converts were almost wholly dependent on oral instruction for their knowledge of Divine truth. Copies of the Old and New Testaments existed in manuscript only. These were few in number, and the cost of production placed them beyond the reach of the great majority. A single copy served for a community or a district in which the Hebrew or the Greek tongue was understood, but in localities where other languages were in use the living voice was needed to make revelation known. It is only since the invention of printing and the application of the steam-engine to the economical and rapid production of books, and since modern linguists have multiplied the translations of the Bible, that it has become in their own tongues accessible to believers in all lands, available for private perusal and family reading. It was therefore a necessity that Christians should possess “a form of sound words,” comprehensive enough to embody the leading doctrines of Christianity, yet brief enough to be easily committed to memory.

Learn more:
  1. Justin Holcomb: The Apostles’ Creed
  2. James Orr: The Apostles’ Creed
  3. Greg Uttinger: The Theology of the Ancient Creeds Part 2: The Apostles’ Creed
  4. Ligon Duncun: The Apostles’ Creed (Series)
  5. R. C. Sproul: What does the Apostles’ Creed mean when it says that Jesus descended into hell?
  6. James E. Kiefer: The Apostles’ Creed Versus Gnosticism (pdf)
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Filed under Creeds and Confessions.

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Round the Sphere Again: Gone to the Dogs

Forbidden Foods
I used to give my dogs grapes for treats until I learned that grapes are poisonous to them. You’d have to feed a big dog a lot of grapes to do real harm, but still, it’s not a good idea to let them eat them, even though they love them.

Here is a list of eight things, including grapes, that your pets shouldn’t eat (Real Simple). Surprisingly, lilies don’t make the list, even though a nibble or two on a lily plant can kill a cat.

Capital Conventions
for dog breeds (Grammar Girl). It seems easy enough: Neither word in golden retriever is capitalized, but German in German shepherd is.

Update, August 16: Heimlich Help
Dogs can choke, too, you know (The Art of Manliness).

It’s bound to happen sometime. Your pooch swallows a bone and starts choking. Lucky for you the Heimlich maneuver works on dogs, and you can take action to save your best friend.

For detailed instructions, see the linked article. HT: Kingdom People.


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part II: Questions about The Ten Commandments

43. Q. What does the first commandment teach us?
        A. To worship God only. 

(Click through to read scriptural proof.)

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Sunday's Hymn: Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Rejoice ye pure in heart;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.


Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Bright youth and snow crowned age,
Strong men and maidens meek,
Raise high your free, exultant song,
God’s wondrous praises speak.

Yes onward, onward still
With hymn, and chant and song,
Through gate, and porch and columned aisle,
The hallowed pathways throng.

With all the angel choirs,
With all the saints of earth,
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss,
True rapture, noblest mirth.

Your clear hosannas raise;
And alleluias loud;
Whilst answering echoes upward float,
Like wreaths of incense cloud.

With voice as full and strong
As ocean’s surging praise,
Send forth the hymns our fathers loved,
The psalms of ancient days.

Yes, on through life’s long path,
Still chanting as ye go;
From youth to age, by night and day,
In gladness and in woe.

Still lift your standard high,
Still march in firm array,
As warriors through the darkness toil,
Till dawns the golden day.

At last the march shall end;
The wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their heavenly home,
Jerusalem the blessed.

Then on, ye pure in heart!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing!
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.

Praise Him who reigns on high,
The Lord whom we adore,
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One God forevermore.

Ed­ward H. Plump­tre

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